This presentation will demonstrate the ways in which conservatories and music schools have partnered with medical providers to build comprehensive performing arts health programming, including diagnostic screening protocols, new student orientation modules, academic classes and policies, drop-in advising, onsite clinical care and referral networks, return-to-play guidelines, and research studies. Panelists will discuss how they established and developed programs within their institutions, reflect on the challenges of creating a culture of wellness and self-advocacy in performing arts training, and share how they have adapted programs in response to COVID-19.
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Liliana Araújo is an academic, researcher and consultant specialised in performance psychology and performance science. She is Programme Leader (MSc and MFA in Dance Science) and Senior Lecturer in performance psychology across the faculties of Music and Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (UK). Her research focuses on psychological factors to sustain healthy, sustainable careers, in particular performers’ health and wellbeing. Liliana has been external evaluator and consultant for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (UK) and currently coordinates the Return to Work programme. From 2013 to 2017 she worked at the Royal College of Music as research associate in performance science, working on a major four-year project funded by the AHRC to investigate musicians’ health and wellbeing. She holds a PhD in Psychology and postgraduate qualifications in dance education and educational psychology. She is a chartered psychologist in the UK (BPS) and Portugal (OPP). She works nationally and internationally as lecturer and consultant in performance psychology.
Serap Bastepe-Gray, a performer, lecturer, consultant, and pedagogue, holds a medical doctor degree from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey; a master of music in guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University; and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Towson University. She performs as a soloist and in duo with renowned classical guitarist Julian Gray and has enlarged the guitar ensemble repertoire through her many arrangements and compositions.
Bastepe-Gray is the course developer and instructor of Playing Well, Peabody’s groundbreaking online curriculum offering practical, scientifically grounded approaches for musicians to avoid injury and maintain health. She has collaborated with Peabody faculty in projects using interactive media targeting early instrumental pedagogy. Her articles have appeared in various journals including Soundboard Magazine, Communitas, Journal of Emergency Nursing and Chemical Neuroanatomy. She is the co-founder of Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine and serves as part of the Performing Arts Rehab team at the Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network Clinic for Performing Artists at Peabody.
As a researcher, she collaborates on various interdisciplinary projects with colleagues from Peabody and the Departments of Neurology, Radiology, Engineering, and Film and Media Studies. She lectures and consults on health and wellness issues for performing musicians and has participated as panelist and presenter in forums including the American Occupational Therapy Association, National Guitar Workshop, International Society for Music Education, American College of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Performing Arts Medicine Association. She serves on the MedChi Performing Arts Medicine Committee, Research and Education Committees of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), Musicians’ Health and Wellness Committee of the International Society for Music Education (ISME), and the Executive Committee for the Society for Peabody Alumni. Bastepe-Gray is on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory with a joint appointment at the School of Medicine Neurology Department. She directs the guitar ensemble program and the Peabody Occupational Health and Injury Prevention (POHIP) program.
Kris Chesky is a Professor of Music, Founding Co-Director of the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health, and current Chair of the University Graduate Council at the University of North Texas. He is an active jazz trumpeter, educator, and researcher with a unique academic focus on the occupational health challenges associated with learning and performing music. His transdisciplinary efforts over the past 20 years, recognized by the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health, World Health Organization, Grammy Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Institutes of Health, China Venture Fund, and others, are contributing to the ongoing transformation of music and related disciplines. Dr. Chesky has mentored graduate students from multiple disciplines, held numerous internal and external leadership positions, and produced a scholarly publication record with over 2000 citations, 27 h-index, and an i10-index of 42. In his spare time Dr. Chesky enjoys mountain biking, snow skiing, and collecting vintage audio equipment.
Since her 2015 appointment to her newly created role of Associate Dean for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Community Initiatives, Sarah Hoover (DMA ’08, Voice) has re-invigorated Peabody’s historic engagement with a diverse array of agencies and organizations across Johns Hopkins and throughout Baltimore.
As the co-director of the new Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine – the first organization of its kind in the eastern United States – Hoover leads a variety of interconnected efforts to meet the center’s mission: harnessing the healing power of music, and ensuring the health of musicians. She is working with colleagues across the university to conduct research, develop therapies, bring music into clinical settings, and bring multi-disciplinary clinical care to Peabody students and other musicians.
Hoover has led the development of unique community engagement opportunities which both bring music to new audiences and help students hone important audience development skills. These include the Young Artists Development Series in partnership with El Paso Pro Musica, the Musician-in-Residence program, a partnership with Young Audiences of Maryland, and Peabody Pop-Ups.
She has also taken a leadership role in the development of Peabody’s new Breakthrough Curriculum, which incorporates community engagement experiences into the core training of the 21st-century citizen artist.
Prior to her appointment at Peabody, Hoover was an assistant professor of music at Hofstra University. She has had a career as a performer, teacher, and music journalist, and co-founded the Oyster Bay Music festival in New York. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has served as the Eastern region president.
Hoover is a graduate of Yale University and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from Peabody.
Andrea Lasner currently is a full-time Physical Therapist and director of the Performing Arts Physical Therapy Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She treats a broad cross-section of general Orthopedic diagnoses with a special interest in performing arts medicine with a Pilates-based approach. She has completed extensive education and training leading her to being a certified instructor through Polestar® Pilates with comprehensive emphasis in rehabilitation. Andrea is a clinical instructor for Physical Therapy students and has presented dance medicine research on a national and international level at the American Physical Therapy Association and International Association for Dance Medicine & Science annual conferences, which she is an active member.
Ralph A. Manchester, MD is Professor in the Department of Medicine in the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, Vice Provost and a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. He received his medical degree from the University of Vermont in 1979 and completed his residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in 1983. Dr. Manchester has an interest in the evaluation and treatment of medical problems of musicians and serves as Editor of the Journal, Performing Arts Medicine. He is Past President of both the American College Health Association and the NYS College Health Association and serves as medical provider at Eastman Performing Arts Medicine.